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Bloomingdale School of Music Free Faculty Concert: String Quartet Gems

December 2, 2022

Bloomingdale School of Music announces December programming for its 2022/23 Free Faculty Concert Series at the David Greer Concert Hall, 323 W. 108th Street, NYC. The series continues with String Quartet Gems on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 7pm, the annual Holiday Concert on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 7pm, and Virtuosic Violin-Piano Collaboration: Two Sonatas and a Ballet on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 7pm, both presented in-person and via livestream.

String Quartet Gems
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 7pm
This concert features two hidden gems for string quartet, the Quartet in G Major by Florence Price and the Lyric Quartet by William Grant Still. Paired with these works will be Claude Debussy’s String Quartet, considered a cornerstone of the quartet repertoire. RSVP for free at eventbrite.com/e/string-quartet-gems-tickets-419793592937.

Naho Parrini, violin
Jenifer Ahn, violin
Angela Pickett, viola
Alberto Parrini, cello


Quartet in G Major by Florence Price
i. Allegro
ii. Andante Moderato

Lyric Quartet by William Grant Still
i. The Sentimental One
ii. The Quiet One
iii. The Jovial One

String Quartet Op. 10 by Claude Debussy
i. Animé et très décidé
ii. Assez vif bien rythmé
iii. Andantino, doucement expressif
iv. Très modéré

Masks are required for everyone when entering performance and event spaces in the BSM building.

About the Artists
Violinist Naho Parrini, a native of Japan, has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the United States, Japan, Germany, France, and Bulgaria. She received her BM from North Carolina School of the Arts, and her MM and DMA from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her principal teachers include Kevin Lawrence, Mitchell Stern, Philip Setzer, and Pamela Frank. Ms. Parrini is Director of Education and a Resident Teaching Artist at Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City. She also serves as Co-Director of Kinhaven Adult Chamber Music Workshop.

Violinist Jennifer Ahn is a performer and educator who shares her knowledge and passion of music across North America. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Violin Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. Ms. Ahn made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2018 and made her duo debut at Music Academy of the West as the 2019 Duo Competition Winner. She has also performed at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Heifetz International Institute, and the National Arts Centre in Canada. An avid orchestral musician, she has worked with various conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Daniel Harding, and George Manahan, among many others. She has also served as concertmaster for MSM’s Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestra and was most recently featured as a soloist with the String Orchestra. She joins NYYS as Orchestra Manager starting in 2021.

A native of Newfoundland, Canada, Angela Pickett has performed as a violist, violinist and fiddler throughout North America, South America, Europe and Japan. A two-time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Career Grant, Angela’s solo performances have often been featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s regional and national radio programs. Angela is currently the violist of acclaimed string quintet Sybarite5, with whom she has performed in forty-two states, and in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Library of Congress to the NYC Apple Store and Le Poisson Rouge. Sybarite5 has commissioned and premiered numerous works for string quintet, and their debut EP “Disturb the Silence” reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Charts. The ensemble has often been featured on NPR radio, and has recently been the subject of articles in Strings Magazine, Symphony Magazine, and The Strad. Angela lives in New York City where she works as a teaching artist for Bridge Arts Ensemble, and a chamber music coach for Lincoln Center Stage. In addition to performing in various Broadway shows and chamber music festivals, Angela also performs with the IRIS Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and Argento. Angela holds a DMA from the Manhattan School of Music, a MM from the Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Music in Viola and Music History from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Born in Italy, Alberto Parrini has been principal cellist of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic since 2007 and a member of the American Symphony since 2010; he also performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, 2010 and 2011 he toured Japan as principal cellist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble. As a founding member of the Zukofsky Quartet he has given performances of the complete string quartets of Milton Babbitt in New York and Chicago. He performed throughout the U.S. with the American Chamber Players from 2004 to 2010, was the cellist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet in 2002-03 and spent one season as assistant principal cellist with the Richmond Symphony. Alberto has toured extensively with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project and performed with Continuum, Proteus Ensemble, Mirror Visions Ensemble, New Jersey Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. His festival appearances include Evian, Tanglewood, Taos, Verbier, Ottawa, Montreal, San Miguel de Allende, Spoleto U.S.A., Music@Menlo, The Weekend of Chamber Music and the Piatigorsky seminar. His principal studies were with Timothy Eddy, Joel Krosnick, David Soyer, Colin Carr and Enrico Egano; he is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. Alberto teaches cello at Princeton University.

Founded in 1964, Bloomingdale School of Music is dedicated to the belief that music changes lives and everyone should have access to high-quality music education regardless of economic status, race, religion, ability level, or gender. Bloomingdale is a music-driven community center where all are welcome to join and learn about music from top faculty. We are dedicated to our mission – to make music education accessible to all who want to learn – and remain focused on supporting this mission through our values. www.bsmny.org


December 2, 2022


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